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Carlos Sastre (CSC)
Although Team CSC's Carlos Sastre wasn't on his best day, finishing 3'47 down on Roberto Heras in...
Although Team CSC's Carlos Sastre wasn't on his best day, finishing 3'47 down on Roberto Heras in ninth place, he still rode a minute and a half better than overnight leader Denis Menchov, who came into Valgrande Pajares a massive 5'17 behind. As a consequence, Sastre retained his third spot overall, but is now just 20 second behind the second place of Menchov.
"It was a shame Carlos didn't make it when Heras attacked," said team manager Bjarne Riis on team-csc.com. "He did put up a good fight on the steep climb towards the finish, but lost momentum slightly at the end. It was a tough stage which turned out to be a decisive one. I think there's a realistic chance of Carlos taking second place now. We've still got a couple of difficult stages ahead of us, and there's no doubt he's very motivated to advance even further," he said.